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I am 52 black female who is obese I have the following wrong swollen legs I am incontient lower back problems can't raised legs to get in out of car ?

I am 52 black female who is obese I have the following wrong swollen legs I am incontient  lower back problems can't raised legs to get in out of car
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If you haven't: sought medical care for these symptoms yet - it is important to do so. The obesity may be impacting other symptoms. Recommend you start with comprehensive medical evaluation & discuss weight loss program with your physician. Eat healthfully. Try to eat at least 5 servings of vegetables & 4 of fruit per day. Increase nutritional fiber. Avoid refined sugar & junk carbohydrates. Avoid alcohol, ...Read more

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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...Read more


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How does obesity cause swelling of the legs?

Obesity/leg swelling: Ironically, the larger one is the less water weight and more body fat they have. When the body's water mass falls to about 42% or lower, we see leg swelling as seen in many bariartic practicies with obese patient. Ddrink more water; get your water and fat mass checked . Water pills usually make this worse. The other mechanisms of less exercise and decreased venous flow can contribute as well. ...Read more

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Leg muscles jellified & gave up on me 5 mins into workout...also bad chest...is it because I'm very obese & not used to exercise?

Leg muscles jellified & gave up on me 5 mins into workout...also bad chest...is it because I'm very obese & not used to exercise?

It very well could: be related to significant physical deconditioning and exercise intolerance .... severe obesity wouldn't be helping either. I assume you mean chest "pain" or "discomfort" as that was cut off. It would be uncommon at 19 even with severe obesity to have obstructive heart disease that you most commonly worry about with those symptoms. Nonetheless, you should still review this with your doc. ...Read more

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My trainer said, that people who used to be obese, then lost their weight, will notice having larger than average leg muscles, compared to others.?

My trainer said, that people who used to be obese, then lost their weight, will notice having larger than average leg muscles, compared to others.?

Yes if they r active: I have been suprize by how mascular is the legs of obese people are, this likely due to the extra weight that they have to carry around 24/7. This of course is until their movement and activity start to slow down, at then you will probably start seeing atrophy and loss of this mascular bulk. ...Read more

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If diuretics or acetazolamide can't help in leg edema (obese) patient what can be used?Please give exact names of medicines rather than escapist reply

If diuretics or acetazolamide can't help in leg edema (obese) patient what can be used?Please give exact names of medicines rather than escapist reply

Your question is: Beyond the scope of this general question format. To avoid an escapist reply you may consider a virtual consult with a HealthTap physician. Per our guidelines "public answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment ,prescription or diagnosis." ...Read more

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Can cellulitis cause a person to lose balnce and fall.. Complints of hip pain in same leg as cellulitis... Very limited mobility. Super obese?

Can cellulitis cause a person to lose balnce and fall..  Complints of hip pain in same leg as cellulitis... Very limited mobility. Super obese?

Typically not: Cellulitis should not cause difficulty in balance or falling although if there is pain or discomfort in the affected leg, then gait and standing may be affected to avoid the discomfort which in turn may lead to increase risk if fall in a very obese person. If pain in the hip occurred after a fall, it should be evaluated to rule out fracture or dislocation. ...Read more

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I'm an obese and sweat really bad between my legs and my belly. I'm gaulded and I'm in pain. What can I do to get rid of the gaulding?

Blistershield: I recommend use of a high quality powder or roll-on friction reduction product. The cheapest and fastest solution is petrolatum jelly (like Vaseline), but this is messy. I like Sport Shield or Blister Shield made by 2Toms, and Blisterguard is another good product. You can shop for these on line or find them in sports shops and some other stores. ...Read more

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My right knee hurts. It always has. Even when I was just a child. I can't fold my legs for too long. Reason?? Now that I'm obese, it hurts even more!

My right knee hurts. It always has. Even when I was just a child. I can't fold my legs for too long. Reason??

Now that I'm obese, it hurts even more!

Be seen: You would really need to be seen and examined and probably undergo some testing for an accurate diagnosis as there are multiple possibilities, from an undiagnosed inflammatory arthritis to some type of congenital problem. There are so many pisdibilities. On top of that, obesity can aggravate an underlying knee problem as well and should be treated aggressively. ...Read more

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Obese lady, 45 years, suffering from knee osteoarthritis in one leg; inability to bend knee. Frequent swelling & unbearable pain. Diclo-para ineffective?

Obese lady, 45 years, suffering from knee osteoarthritis in one leg; inability to bend knee. Frequent swelling & unbearable pain. Diclo-para ineffective?

Possible joint mouse: Could be joint mouse interfering with motion, . Evaluation for associated calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease would be helpful. Can to opposite side to take stress off the knee would help. Rheumatologic evaluation could identify specific medications to consider. ...Read more

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